Performance and flow rituals help people to deal with high-stakes work situations, cope with anxiety, and focus on getting to their goals. They can bring a sense of control in times of uncertainty—like during a big meeting, in the middle of a pitch or a trial, or when overwhelmed with too many deadlines.
Rituals' use of repetition and physical action help develop a sense of flow and confidence. Past research (see Chapter 1) shows that performing rituals helps people to regulate their emotions, decrease anxiety, and get into a flow state. Following the pattern of a ritual can also help people to block distractions, and set rules for themselves about how to work better.
When Would You Use a Performance Ritual?
+ Make you more focused
+ Eliminate distractions for deep work
+ Manage your emotions in a high stakes situation
+ Create a sense of control and boost confidence
+ Rescue the team from distractions
+ Encourage forward motion with your projects
+ Recognize the team's purpose before a big event
+ Remove the distractions from the team calendar
+ Keep and maintain meaning purpose in your professional ...